A student who was sexually assaulted by a male classmate wearing a skirt in the girls’ restroom in 2021 is suing a Virginia school district for allegedly trying to cover up the attack, court documents show WJLA revealed.
The now 17-year-old woman, identified only as Jane Doe in court documents, filed a lawsuit legal action by her parents against Loudoun County Public Schools on Wednesday.
The sexual assault occurred in May 2021 at Stone Bridge High School. According to Doe, she was in the school’s girls’ restroom when she was attacked by a biological male student who claimed to identify as “non-binary” and was wearing a skirt.
Doe’s lawsuit said she reported the attack to the school; However, school administrators insisted on handling the investigation internally and refused to report the attack to local law enforcement.
Doe’s father, Scott Smith, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after protesting at a school board meeting in June 2021.
At the meeting, district officials denied “that a sexual assault had ever occurred in a restroom at one of their schools,” the lawsuit says. Then-Superintendent Scott Ziegler claimed he “did not know about the sexual assault, even though the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office conducted a two-month investigation into the assault,” the complaint states.
Smith was pardoned by Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin last month.
In October 2021, the attacker was convicted of raping the 15-year-old student.
Doe and her parents are seeking $30 million in damages from the district. The lawsuit alleged the district failed to conduct a timely investigation and “even attempted to cover up the incident.”
“Because LCPS failed to take meaningful and appropriate measures to address her sexual assault and protect her from further threats and assaults, Jane Doe struggled academically, emotionally and physically for the remainder of the school year,” it said. “She continues to struggle significantly with the aftermath of the sexual assault and the school’s failure to take appropriate measures to help and protect her while she was still attending Loudoun County Public Schools.”
Smith told WJLA, “It took a very long two and a half years for my family to get here. We have put together a very strong Title IX lawsuit that we hope will be a national priority to protect children and hold school districts accountable.”
The district told the outlet that it does not comment on pending litigation.
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